E.M. Palon — Well and good. Good jobs for everyone. But how does a youngster just entering the job market get a handhold.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Joshua Liebner: The Ed Reform Movement is attempting to co-opt the term “Progressive” and wrap their agenda up in its fabled glory.
Danny Feingold: DeVos has demonstrated a willingness to override and even go after Republicans who fail to completely embrace her program of charter schools, vouchers and deregulation.
Diane Lefer: Over the next couple of years, zero tolerance policies, metal detectors, harsh punishment, low expectations, and school police with the power to arrest kids for any minor infraction would all give way.
Joshua Leibner: On January 18th, we learned that public education in Los Angeles was buried by a million dollar avalanche in the form of a single contribution by former mayor and billionaire Richard Riordan for a local school board race.
Zachary Michael Jack: I too was a first-generation rural college student a generation ago, and found the transition away from the farm to my state land-grant university to be a fraught one.
Steven Singer: Some schools would thrive but most would fail – just like in business, athletics or other competitive pursuits. And while these fledgling schools struggle to make ends meet, predators will be waiting in the wings to benefit from their failure.
John C. Fager: The experimental weapons being used in the ongoing national education war during the last 20 years were radical but seem almost tame compared to what DeVos proposes to do.
John Peeler: A great deal of the world as we presently experience it works to dissolve the bonds of our society, to cause us to risk failure, even as we have prospered from it.
Sikivu Hutchinson: As Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would most likely steamroll educational justice activists’ efforts to redress the federal government’s neoliberal focus on charter schools, union busting, drill and kill high stakes tests, and the militarization of school campuses.
Bill Raden: Together, the two education measure wins—for Props 51 and 55—stand as a striking vote of confidence by Californian for their public school system and its teaching force.
Enrique Buelna: The folks pushing to dismantle bilingual education were, and remain, individuals who understand little about language education and acquisition.
Roxana Tynan: Given our troubling financial picture, Proposition 55 is a tactical solution to extend the tax on the ultra-wealthy who have the ability to invest a little more in our state’s education.